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Taking the trivial doctrine seriously: Functionalism, eliminativism, and materialism

By Maurizio Tirassa


Gold & Stoljar's characterization of the trivial doctrine and of its relationships with the radical one misses some differences that may be crucial. The radical doctrine can be read as a derivative of the computational version of functionalism that provides the backbone of current cognitive science and is fundamentally uninterested in biology: both doctrines are fundamentally wrong. The synthesis between neurobiology and psychology requires instead that minds be viewed as ontologically primitive, that is, as material properties of functioning bodies. G&S's characterization of the trivial doctrine should therefore be correspondingly modified

Topics: Cognitive Psychology, Philosophy of Mind, Behavioral & Brain Sciences, Theoretical Biology
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 1999
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